Supervisors vote to approve the county to clean property on Highway 30

Published 4:47 pm Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors voted to allow the county to clean a property on Highway 30, after repeated attempts to get the resident to clean it himself.

This vote comes after repeated attempts to have the resident clean the property, spanning nearly three months.

The property reportedly has multiple inoperable vehicles on it, along with other debris.

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The property was first presented to the Supervisors during a meeting in November 2018, with representatives from the county approaching the owner of the property asking if they would clean it in August 2018.

When the property was brought before the supervisors in November, the resident was given 30 days to clean the property. It was reported to the board that an initial effort was made to clean the property, as the resident cleaned an inoperable car and debris off the property.

However, since that initial effort, stopped when the resident reported their vehicle broke down.

Taking the broken vehicle into consideration, the Supervisors extended the deadline to clean the property in December to allow the resident to fix their vehicle. The resident did not give a county representative a timetable of when the vehicle would be fixed.

After multiple attempts to reach out since then, it was reported to the supervisors the resident made no attempt to clean the exterior of the property.

“I think we have done all our level best to extend our deadline, to give him the opportunity to clean it up,” District 1 Supervisor Kevin Frye said. “I don’t think we have any reason to extend any further.”

The board moved and approved the cleaning, citing that it’s a health and public safety risk.

The Supervisors also received a report on a house on County Road 236 that burned down in 2017, calling it unstable. The home was a total loss.

The Supervisors began the process to clean that property as well, which includes informing the prior owners and holding a public hearing for other citizens to voice their concerns.

Supervisors set the public hearing’s date for their second meeting for the month.